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steal

verb [I/T]  us   /stil/ (past tense stole  /stoʊl/ , past participle stolen  /ˈstoʊ·lən/ )

steal verb [I/T] (TAKE AWAY)

to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner and keep it or use it: [T] They broke into cars to steal the radios. [T] He never paid me back, so basically he ended up stealing a hundred dollars from me. To steal is also to do something quickly while trying not to be seen doing it: [I always + adv/prep] to steal out of a room [T] She stole a glance at her watch.

steal

noun [C]  us   /stil/ infml

steal noun [C] (CHEAP ITEM)

something obtained at a much lower price than its true value: At half the original price, that designer dress is a steal.
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